The Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ), a member of Feeding America®, is the leading anti-hunger and anti-poverty organization in the state. What started as a modest enterprise in the back of our founder Kathleen DiChiara’s station wagon in downtown Newark in 1975, became an incorporated non-profit in 1982 and has grown to two warehouse facilities in Hillside and Egg Harbor Township, the combined size of five football fields. These locations serve area programs and community partners- over 1,000 in 15 of 21 New Jersey counties- within which 760,000 food insecure neighbors in need reside.
How CFBNJ Helps Hungry Neighbors
We package food orders for local soup kitchens and food pantries; we purchase and collect food for distribution; help people in need through SNAP application assistance; reach communities with limited resources with mobile pantries; and encourage others to get involved. Last year, we distributed food for over 66 million meals (nearly 80 million pounds), 22% of which was fresh produce. We address hunger as a health issue by providing more fruits and vegetables, nutrition education, and medical screenings to inspire positive lifestyles. Community members from all walks of life engage in our mission through volunteer opportunities resulting in nearly 40,000 volunteer visits last year-equivalent to the work of about 38 full-time employees.
CFBNJ’s mission is to fight hunger and poverty in New Jersey by assisting those in need and seeking long term solutions. We will engage, educate and empower all sectors of society in the battle. We advance this mission during times of relative calm and during periods of upheaval. We are so grateful for your support in this fight.